Changing File Formats

Written by Kevin Tavolaro
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When a small freeware application, such as Adobe Acrobat Distiller, is used to convert HTML to PDF, the results may be less than perfect. Distiller creates PDF files though a virtual print driver, which essentially transfers a visual image of the document to a PDF file. However, not all elements of an HTML file always survive this type of conversion intact. The result is a PDF that might be severely rearranged, resized, or missing components compared to the HTML source.

Utilities for Changing File Formats

Instead, you may want to consider advanced file conversion applications that are designed to perform a variety of conversions, and are capable of switching back-and-forth between file formats, as opposed to just converting all file types into one specific kind. The large amount of possible conversions requires that the application be thoroughly familiar with the differences and similarities between all types, and conduct each conversion by deconstructing and rebuilding each file accordingly. As a result, the appearance and layout of the original file is maintained when transferred to a new format.

Another benefit of file conversion applications is the ability to consolidate time processing documents in groups. This automated feature is especially useful in a business environment. Batch conversion can convert hundreds of documents into new, more enduring formats with one click of a mouse. Not only is this good for time management, but also for building a comprehensive, secure electronic file system.


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